Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

Thank you to all of you who completed our second PPE survey earlier this week. The preliminary results point to some very modest improvements in the state of supply, compared to what we saw in our earlier survey at the end of March.

  • We saw a slight decrease (21% from 23%) in physicians saying they will run out of eye/faceshields in less than two days, and an increase (20% from 8%) in those who stated their supply will last longer than 10 days.
  • We saw a similar trend for goggles/glasses – slightly fewer physicians (19% from 21%) said they’d run out in less than two days, and more (25% compared to 12%) stated their supply will last longer than 10 days.

However, community-based physicians are continuing to experience shortages, with 33% of respondents indicating they have or will run out of critical PPE (e.g., respirators, faceshields and goggles) in two days or less. More than 88% of all physicians surveyed indicated that a greater availability of PPE would help to reduce their level of anxiety around the pandemic.

We will be sharing these valuable insights with the federal government, and be assured that this information is making a difference in how governments are responding to this critical issue.

Supporting physicians’ financial security

We’ve been pulling together the latest expert advice from accounting firm MNP on current federal programs and how they apply to physicians in a variety of practice settings. We shared their initial report with you two weeks ago, and it has been updated significantly since then as new measures have been announced and eligibility criteria have been updated.

MD Financial Management is also maintaining an up-to-date list of COVID-19 support measures, broken down by career stage and province/territory.

More palliative care resources now available 

With a multi-year investment from the CMA, Pallium is now offering four additional palliative care modules to health care professionals in Canada, free of charge:

  • Delirium Management
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care for COVID Illness – Module A
  • Palliative Care for COVID Illness – Module B

All ten online modules are available for free until Aug. 31.

Recently published member resources

As a reminder, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or suggestions related to COVID-19. Our Member Service Centre can be reached at memberservicecentre@cma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm EDT).

On behalf of the CMA, thank you once again for all your efforts,
Dr. Sandy Buchman


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